That’s No Moon!

I wanted to share a couple of things I’ve come across on the web over the past month.

First, there’s a New York Times article about two of Pluto’s moons getting named after Greek mythical figures, both from the underworld. Pluto is one of the many incarnations of the god of the underworld that most of us know as Hades. Hades is arguably one of my favorites from the Greek pantheon, and I was very pleased to see that these scientists chose to stick with this chthonic theme. The first moon is Kerberos (or Cerberus), the three-headed guard dog of the underworld. He’s had pretty recent incarnations in storytelling such as Fluffy in the Harry Potter series. The second is Styx (sometimes spelled as Stix, not to be confused with Strix, two totally separate myths), which is the name of the river of the dead. Pluto already had a moon named after the ferryman that paddled through the Styx–Charon. Pluto also possesses Hydra and Nyx. Please remind me never to visit.

The second thing is this amazing non-profit I came across called the Traditional Cultures Project. They work in indigenous cultural preservation, a subject close to my own heart. I did a lot of preservational work during my time in Ecuador, mostly recording myths and trying to get my head around the Kichwa language well enough to help preserve some of it before it goes extinct. I would love to go back out and do more fieldwork like this in the future, and I’m glad others are taking the initiative as well. Please consider supporting these guys and projects like them.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with a picture I took at Comic-Con of a giant LEGO drow:

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Yeah, I guess it was kind of fun.

Oh Gosh, I’m Just Not Catching a Break

So the Kickstater campaign for Seekers Unlimited surprise launched early on us. Today. We’ve been working really hard on bringing innovative education to under-served children in the Los Angeles area, but we need help. Please help us get the word out, and donate to this amazing organization. You will totally feel really good about yourself.

Seekers Unlimited currently develops and implements educational live action role-playing modules in the subjects of math and science. We’ve been working with kids that the school system has already largely turned their backs on, and the results have just been simply amazing. We want to expand what we offer, and make it more accessible to teachers all around the United States, and the world.

And guys, this is really breakthrough stuff. You can actually SEE the moment a kid gets it when they’re learning through one of our scenarios. Their little light bulbs just crack to life, and it’s the most amazing thing in the world to watch. These are kids that in their intake interviews are saying that there’s just no possible way that they can learn percentages or fractions, and then by the end of it they’re running a simulation of their very own multi-national music label. And they love it.

This is very, very important to me. In fact, it’s so important that I totally freaked out making the Kickstarter video. It’s almost painful for me to watch. I’ve never been that nervous shooting anything before, ever! So please excuse the twitching and word stumbling.

If you have any questions about it feel free to ask me personally and directly. Go donate! Tell your kid’s teacher about it. Tweet and Vine and whatever it is you do to get the word around. This is the beginning of something great.

Super Quickie

More news. Looks like I’m going to be sitting in on the panel “The United States of LARP,” moderated by the wonderful Lizzie Stark at GenCon. I’ll be alongside a few other really stellar leaders from the LARP community who I can’t name yet because it hasn’t been officially officialized and whatnot, but I know most of them and they’re awesome. If you’re going to be at GenCon this year and you are even remotely interested in LARP, you are going to want to catch this panel. It will be on Sunday at 11:00 AM. Mark it on your calendar now because GenCon gets crazy!

Also, I will have an IMBD page coming soon! I know, finally, right? Look for the little yellow icon up there in the right hand corner next to the other ones when it goes live.

That is all. NOW BACK TO WRITING.

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Stop and Breathe

I don’t have time to go into anything in detail, but I have a few things to announce and to chat about.

Firstly, what have I been doing? Writing, writing like crazy. I have four research papers coming due at Pacifica Graduate Institute, plus two (well, as of tonight, three) for publication. Yikes.

Over the next few months I will be authoring or co-authoring academic publications through:
The WyrdCon Companion Book
-The new journal being produced by the International Association of Comparative Mythology
-and a gaming and education anthology book with title yet to be released

I also just found out that I’m going to be co-editing next year’s Literary Journal for Pacifica Graduate Institute, but fortunately that is way far off.

Additionally I’ve been going over scripts from the ADAM 8 project and working on a short of my own!

Just this week I completed filming on the Crackhorse Productions short “High Speed” and reel footage for the Tinker Steampunk Series. I also broke my toe kickboxing. So there’s that.

Secondly, here’s what’s coming up in July:
Unfortunately, I had to cancel my RTX appearance, in which I was going to be sitting in on several panels about play theory and character psychology. I’m super bummed that I’m going to miss out, but the rest of my awesome team will still be there presenting, among them Sarah Lynne Bowman, my mentor and a kick-ass American LARP scholar. The panels should be streaming live, so don’t miss it!

However, I will be at both Gam3rCon and San Diego Comic-Con, at the same time magically somehow. That will be July 18th-21st. At GamerCon I will be helping with the Starship Valkyrie LARP, as well as running the Seekers Unlimited cocktail party. At Comic-Con I will be attending the LARP panel being run by friend and fellow Seekers compatriot Aaron Vanek, and maybe I’ll try to take a few seconds to have a good time. Say hi if you’re in the neighborhood! The best way to reach me while I’m running around doing these things is through Twitter. I’m @The_Strix.

Did I miss anything? I hope not. Catch you later!

Launch

Welcome to the StrixWerks site launch! Or rather, relaunch. I’ve scrapped the old site and am re-purposing it for my academic and professional works.

In case you don’t know me, I’m Strix. I’m a full time Ph.D. student, writer, ocean sport enthusiast, and nerd extraordinaire. I travel the world and give lectures on mythology. I write a lot of nonsense about myth in the modern world. Also, I have a weird obsession with owls. I like storytelling, and will do that in any way that I can. Currently that means that I work in Hollywood. I do consulting on a variety of things related to myth, storytelling, world building, archetypal patterns, alien linguistics, whatever. I am also a serious gamer, and am deeply entrenched in the world of pen and paper RPGs and LARP. Also MMOs. Also interactive theatre. And transmedia. I think you get the gist.

It’s a brave new world out there right now, and I’m excited to be in the field that I’m in. I guess technically you could call me a mythologist. If you’re looking at the screen funny and asking yourself what that is, join the club. I’m still figuring that out myself. What I do know is that there is something important going on. Myth and storytelling lie at the core of the human experience. Doing it right is extraordinarily rewarding. Doing it wrong, well, that’s when you’ll want to call and get people like me to consult on your script.

I will be keeping the blog portion of this site updated with all my events and projects, and sometimes even witty banter. Please consider subscribing to the RSS feed (I even made you a pretty button to click at the top right there, do you see it?), and feel free to e-mail me, follow me on twitter, facebook, and all that jazz.

Sincerely excited to have you visit,
-Strix